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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Selects New Project Manager for Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana


August 16, 2004

Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291, cell: (678) 296-6400
Terence Delaine, 337-762-3816


Terence Delaine, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who has spent most of his Service career at Sabine, has been selected as the refuge’s new project leader. Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is located in Hackberry, Louisiana, Cameron Parish. Delaine began his new duties on August 8, 2004.

“Terence knows Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, its assets, and its challenges, better than anyone,” said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “He is definitely the best man to take its helm, especially since he has been serving as Acting Project Leader for the past year.”

From 1999 until he became Acting Project Leader at Sabine in 2003, Delaine served as Deputy Project Leader and oversaw maintenance, public use, law enforcement and oil and gas development at the refuge. In addition, Delaine also served as Acting Project Leader at Cameron Prairie, Sabine’s sister refuge, in Bell City during 2000-2001.

Delaine started with the Service as a Refuge Operations Specialist at Sabine in 1990 until 1996, when he became the Deputy Project Leader at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge for the next three years.

“Even through I worked at Cameron Prairie for a period of time, I don’t feel like I ever left Sabine or the staff there,” said Delaine. “I am looking forward to the challenging role of managing the refuge with its vast coastal habitat that is very dynamic because of its importance to estuarine-dependent fisheries and other wildlife such as migratory birds and waterfowl.”

As Sabine’s new Project Leader, Delaine hopes to develop marsh-oriented research projects with McNeese State University and Louisiana State University that will aid in making wildlife and habitat management decisions based on the latest science. He also will continue on-going projects and initiate new ones to help maintain and restore the refuge’s coastal marsh habitat.

Delaine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from McNeese State University. Before he joined the Service, he was a State Park Manager with the Louisiana Office of State Parks from 1981 until 1990. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

A native of Cuba, Alabama, Delaine and his wife, Janet have two children – 13-year-old Terence Jr. (TJ), and Jasmine, age 16. Terence enjoys fishing, reading, and traveling with his family.

Established in 1937, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge occupies 124,511 acres of coastal marshes between Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes in southwest Louisiana. The refuge hosts concentrations of ducks, geese, alligators, raptors, wading birds, blue crabs, and shrimp. More than 300,000 people visit the refuge annually and they enjoy salt and fresh water fishing, crabbing, and seasonal castnetting and canoeing or kayaking in the canals, bayous, and impoundments. Visitors also enjoy walking trails, waterfowl hunting. Wildlife observation and photography, and four recreational areas with boat launches.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.

Terence Delaine
Terence Delaine

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